What are the considerations that would determine which High Availability and Disaster Recovery method would be suitable for my MSSQL express server? These are some of the considerations I found on the internet

RTO (Recovery Time Objective)
RPO (Recovery Point Objective)
Criticality of Database Systems



Above solutions look complicated for a SMB.

What would be an ideal scalable HA & DR solution for a small scale business with Maximum of approximately 10 databases and if each database is around 10GB.

Any suggestions?

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  • How much data is acceptable for loss in terms of time i.e. up to 5 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, etc of data loss (RPO)? How long can the business tolerate being down until the database is back online (RTO)?
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Only you can specify the RTO and RPO that are required. But a simple approach is to take offsite backups to Azure, and have a tested process to install SQL Server on a new server, and restore all the backups in case of a disaster.

Another simple approach is to run SQL Server on a VM and have the hypervisor handle HA and DR for SQL Server along with all your other VM workloads.

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